Are smart­phones giv­ing us ADHD?

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Lon­don: At­ten­tion Deficit Hy­per­ac­tiv­ity Dis­or­der (ADHD) is any of a range of be­havioural dis­or­ders oc­cur­ring pri­mar­ily in chil­dren, in­clud­ing such symp­toms as poor con­cen­tra­tion, hy­per­ac­tiv­ity, and im­pul­siv­ity. More peo­ple reach for their smart­phones first thing in the morn­ing than reach for cof­fee, a tooth­brush or even the part­ner ly­ing next to them in bed. Dur­ing the day, with a smart­phone in our pocket, we can check our email while spend­ing time with our chil­dren just as eas­ily as we can text a friend while at work. And re­gard­less of what we are do­ing, many of us are bom­barded by no­ti­fi­ca­tions of new mes­sages, so­cial me­dia posts, break­ing news, app up­dates and more. Anec­do­tal ev­i­dence sug­gests that this per­va­sive­ness of smart­phones is mak­ing us in­creas­ingly dis­tracted and hy­per­ac­tive.

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